The 15 Most Incredible Homes – Sports Team Owners Edition
Sports team owners are getting richer and richer with season year that goes by, as the values of their professional franchises go up thanks to new billion dollar TV deals, increasing revenue from merchandising rights and more money from coming in from the leagues and tickets, plus sponsorships and so on.
It’s a good day to be a professional sports team owner, and I’m sure a lot of people would like to be in just for the fun of it, like Steve Ballmer for instance. Sure, most of the team owners have made their fortunes long before investing in a professional franchise, but there are some cases where a brilliant investment in sports took them from millionaires to billionaires.
Today we’ll take a look at the 15 most incredible homes owned by the people who are in charge of professional sports franchises from the NFL, NBA, NHL or MLB, plus world-wide soccer. We hope you like our picks!
- 15. Robert Kraft – Wonderful Brookline Mansion
- 14. Henry Samueli – Mind Blowing Newport Beach House
- 13. Arthur Blank – Superb Atlanta abode
- 12. Arturo Moreno – Massive Phoenix Estate
- 11. Jim Irsay – Luxurious Estate in Carmel
- 10. Jerry Jones – Gorgeous Dallas digs
- 9. Dan Snyder – Mesmerizing Potomac House
- 8. Tom Benson – Splendid Colonial Revival house in New Orleans
- 7. Michael Jordan – Amazing Chicago chateau
- 6. Mark Cuban – Breathtaking Dalace palace
- 5. Stephen Ross – Amazing Manhattan Penthouse in Time Warner Center
- 4. John Henry – Extraordinary Brookline House
- 3. Stanley Kroenke – Outrageous Midwest Properties
- 2. Paul Allen – Incredible Silicon Valley Estate
- 1. Vincent Viola – Lavish New York Upper East Side Townhouse
15. Robert Kraft – Wonderful Brookline Mansion
Not too far from the Gillette Stadium and just around the corner from Tom Brady’s new extraordinary home, Robert Kraft is the proud owner of this impressive, Colonial-style home, which sits in the beautiful and super exclusive Boston suburb of Chestnut Hill.
Valued at $9.6 million, which is just not much compared to Robert Kraft’s outrageous $4.8 billion fortune, this stunning property has been built back in 1915, and features seven bedrooms and 7.5 baths. The owner of the New England Patriots (and also New England Revolution) also has a chicken coop on site, probably to surprise his guests.
14. Henry Samueli – Mind Blowing Newport Beach House
If this is just the first time you’ve heard of Henry Samueli don’t worry, you’re probably not alone. But I’m sure you’ve heard of a company called Broadcom, where Samueli is Co-Founder, CTO and Chairman, and if you like hockey, you probably know Henry Samueli purchased the Anaheim Ducks around 10 years ago.
With an incredible net worth estimated at $2.6 billion, Henry Samueli rests his head in this astonishing residence on Newport Beach, California. With a contemporary design, wrapped around an inner courtyard with a lovely pool and featuring a massive terrace outside, this amazing house is one of the best in Newport Beach.
Perched on top of a rocky hill right next to the sea, this house probably offers some of the most serene views in the area.
13. Arthur Blank – Superb Atlanta abode
The billionaire co-founder of Home Depot and the proud owner of the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United, Arthur Blank owns a wonderful home in Buckhead, Atlanta, which is valued at $13.7 million. The fairly modern mansion has been built back in 2008 and features over 15,000 square feet, with six bedrooms, six bathrooms and six fireplaces.
Unfortunately these aerial shots don’t do justice to this magnificent estate, which is apparently even more impressive if you could take a closer look at the meticulously designed grounds around. Arthur Blank owned another huge mansion in the area, but he sold it back in 2011 after going through a divorce. Last year Blank’s net worth was estimated at $2.5 billion.
12. Arturo Moreno – Massive Phoenix Estate
Arturo Moreno or Arte Moreno made his incredible fortune from billboards, with a company called Outdoor Systems where he’s CEO. Back in 2003, he became the first Mexican-American to own a major sports franchise when he purchased the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim baseball team from the Walt Disney Company.
With a total net worth of $1.8 billion back in 2015, Arte Moreno calls home this massive estate from Phoenix, Arizona. We don’t have too many details about his home but judging by the looks of it, it’s absolutely incredible, in terms of size, amenities, you name it.
11. Jim Irsay – Luxurious Estate in Carmel
Jim Irsay is one of the few billionaires who made his fortune from sports alone. He inherited the Indianapolis Colts from his father, back in 1997, and took the franchise to new highs almost immediately. Under Peyton Manning and more recently led by Andrew Luck, the Colts have made the playoffs 15 times out of the past 18 years, including a Super Bowl win in 2006.
An avid collector of anything from guitars to unique manuscripts, Jim Irsay owns this eye catching estate in Carmel, Indiana, plus several other properties. We don’t know too many details about his home either, but we know that it’s always guarded by a cop, just in case someone gets too curious. Jim Irsay’s networth was also estimated at around $1.8 billion last year.
10. Jerry Jones – Gorgeous Dallas digs
Another billionaire who made a huge fortune from sports is Jerry Jones, the owner, president and general manager of the Dallas Cowboys. He bought the Cowboys franchise back in 1989 for a cool $140 million and took it to the next level in just a couple of years, winning the Super Bowl in 1992, 1993 and 1995. Unfortunately ever since, it’s been a lot string of disappointments for Cowboys fans.
But Jerry Jones’ net worth is growing every year and it’s currently estimated at $5 billion thanks to his good investment in the Cowboys. His home is a magnificent estate in the affluent Dallas neighborhood of Highland Park, built back in 1931. Valued at $16.6 million, Jerry Jones’ home looks like a chateau, 14,000 square feet large, with six bedrooms, five baths and featuring a deck, spa, pool and tennis court.
9. Dan Snyder – Mesmerizing Potomac House
Dan Snyder, the owner of the Washington Redskins, purchased this impressive Potomac House for $10 million back in 2001, from the widow of the King Hussein of Jordan, then invested even more money to make it his own.
According to reports, Snyder added a massive movie theater inside, a fun room with plasma screen TVs, a 14-seat bar, a wine cellar, a 12 car garage and a ballroom on a new upper floor. But the most controversial update was back in 2004, when Dan Snyder has apparently cut down 130 trees to get a panoramic view of the Potomac River – he had to replace those trees with native saplings.
In addition to the 9.7 acres for the main house, Snyder also owns an adjoining lot with 3.8 acres, containing a stucco split level. But these are all just bits and crumbs from Dan Snyder’s massive $2.1 billion fortune. He also owns a massive $70 million superyacht, just in case you’re wondering what Snyder is doing in his free time.
8. Tom Benson – Splendid Colonial Revival house in New Orleans
A couple of years ago, the owner of the New Orleans Saints bought the other major sports franchise in town, the New Orleans Pelicans, showing everyone how much he really loves this town. Back in 2008, he also invested in a charming $4.4 million Colonial Revival house in New Orleans, a place that was beautifully decorated by his wife, Gayle Benson, who was also an interior designer.
Sitting in a mesmerizing neighborhood with Tudors, Victorians and Greek Revival homes, Tom Benson’s home quietly stands out, with a traditional English decor, opulent fabrics and dark antiques, which obviously raised the value of this home to the max. Tom Benson’s current networth is valued at around $2.2 billion, with the Saints and Pelicans being major parts of his fortune.
7. Michael Jordan – Amazing Chicago chateau
Michael Jordan’s net worth has slowly jumped over $1 billion and now the NBA legend and the owner of the Charlotte Hornets is actually looking for a home that’s even more legendary than his current pad. Estimated at $16 million and currently on sale for a discounted price of $14,855,000, Michael Jordan’s Chicago chateau is made of a massive three story main house, a guest wing, a private golf course, a fitness studio and even its own fish pond.
There’s also a full size NBA basketball court on side, which shouldn’t come as a surprise for anyone and apart from all these luxurious amenities, the Michael Jordan estate also comes with nine bedrooms, fifteen baths, five fireplaces, a media room, game room, and a dreamy infinity pool outside. The property has been on and off the market since 2012, but at the time we wrote this list MJ was still calling this place home.
6. Mark Cuban – Breathtaking Dalace palace
Mark Cuban’s Dallace palace can easily rival with any other home from Dallas, Texas or the entire United States. Built back in 1997 on a massive 7 acres lot in the high-end Dallas neighborhood of Preston Hollow, this mind blowing home gives Cuban the perfect vantage point to attend the games of his own Dallas Mavericks.
At the time it was completed, Mark Cuban’s giant home was the ninth most expensive house in Dallas, valued at $17.2 million right now, which is still a major bargain for 23,600 square feet, 10 bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, five wet bars, four attached and two detached garages.
There’s also a guest house, a lovely pool, tennis court and many other interesting features inside, where Cuban has a special office where he has done most of his business ever since he moved to this home, 18 years ago. Probably that’s how he got to a total net worth of $3 billion right now.
5. Stephen Ross – Amazing Manhattan Penthouse in Time Warner Center
Stephen Ross is the chairman and owner of The Related Companies, one of the biggest players in the real estate development business and also the proud owner of the Miami Dolphins. His company is perhaps best known for developing the lovely Time Warner Center, where Ross actually lives and works, and also for the futuristic Hudson Yards Redevelopment Project, that’s going to be completed in the next couple of years.
With a massive net worth of $6.7 billion, Stephen Ross lives in an incredible penthouse on the top floor of one of Time Warner’s two towers. Most of us would have to visit a public observation deck to enjoy views that majestic, but Stephen Ross and his wife, Kara Ross, can do it straight from their lavish home: endless skies during the day, twinkling New York city lights at night, not bad, right?
Ross also owns properties in Southampton, New York and Palm Beach, Florida.
4. John Henry – Extraordinary Brookline House
Another billionaire who made his fortune from brilliant investments in sports is John Henry, the proud owner of two legendary teams like the Boston Red Sox and Liverpool FC, plus Roush Fenway Racing. His current net worth is estimated at $2.2 billion, which is why you shouldn’t be too surprised that he paid $16 million for a massive house just outside Boston only to raze it and build something even more impressive on that exclusive lot.
Dubbed as “Summera House”, John Henry’s new mega mansion in Brookline, is currently valued at $21.3 million, with multiple Doric columns, six bedrooms, nine full baths and six half baths, nine fireplaces and a huge entryway off the street. Henry’s eye popping mansion also comes with a two tier garage for eight cars, a conservatory, a home theater with its own lobby, a grotto, sports lounge and even a safe room.
3. Stanley Kroenke – Outrageous Midwest Properties
This is just in: after moving the Rams to Los Angeles, Stanley Kroenke is once again in the news, this time for buying the biggest single piece of ranch land in the United States, the W.T. Waggoner Ranch in north Texas, covering 535,000 acres and almost 800 square miles. That’s even bigger than the entire surface of New York and Los Angeles combined.
It might not look like much from these photos, but the massive ranch was initially listed for $725 million, including 7,500 head of cattle, 500 horses, 30,000 acres of farmland and 1,200 oil wells. And in case you don’t know this yet, a couple of years ago Kroenke also bought the massive 124,000 acre Broken O Ranch in Augusta, for a staggering $132.5 million.
And.. he also owns Wyoming’s 500,000+ acre Q Creek Ranch, which makes Kroenke one of the largest landowners in the country. We don’t know which of these places he calls home, but all these properties surely gain him a spot in this list.
With a total net worth of $7.6 billion right now, he’s one of the richest sports team owners and apart from the Los Angeles Rams, he also owns NBA’s Denver Nuggets, NHL’s Colorado Avalanche, MLS’ Colorado Rapids and one of the best soccer clubs in the world, Arsenal.
2. Paul Allen – Incredible Silicon Valley Estate
Until recently, Paul Allen was the richest sports team owner in the world, only to be surpassed by his friend and partner from Microsoft, Steve Ballmer, when he bought the Los Angeles Clippers. But Paul Allen owns two professional franchises in the US, the Seattle Seahawks and the Portland Trail Blazers, and he’s the proud owner of some of the world’s most impressive properties.
Paul Allen’s current net worth stands at $17.4 billion so obviously money is hardly an issue for him, but he still managed to buy this breathtaking Silicon Valley estate for a discount, paying just $27 million instead of the initial $31.8 million asking price.
The massive 22,005 square foot manor sits in Atherton, the nation’s most expensive zip code, on almost two acres, featuring 8 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, a massive pool and a lovely guest house. Inside, this mind blowing residence also includes a movie theater, a fire pit, a spa and seven fireplaces. Allen also owns many other properties in Seattle, Hawaii and New York, just to name a few.
1. Vincent Viola – Lavish New York Upper East Side Townhouse
I’m sure you didn’t expect to see Vincent Viola, the owner of NHL’s Florida Panthers, on the first place of this list, but his insanely beautiful mansion from the heart of New York deserves all the praise, even though it’s been listed twice for sale by Viola and his wife.
The charming six level property from New York’s Upper East Side might not look like much from the outside, but once you take a look inside, you will give a new meaning to speechless. With over 20,000 feet of luxurious living space, plus an extra 2,500 square feet of outdoor space, which includes a roof deck offering serene views of Central Park and the entire New York, this mansion is surely too good for words.
Built back in 1884, this incredible townhouse was bought by Vincent Viola and his wife Teresa back in 2005, for a cool $20 million, and then the couple invested a ton of money inside to turn it into the extravagant reside that it is today. There are seven bedrooms, two with their own en-suite bathrooms, plus nine other bathrooms, decorated with marble walls and floors.
High ceilings, walls decorated with gold-leaf filigree, a lavish dining room inspired from the Versailles, multiple fireplaces throughout the house, exquisite chandeliers and furniture, an indoor swimming pool, plus a jaw dropping two level theater and also a two story library are just a few of the amenities of this house.
Vincent Viola listed his precious home from New York’s Upper East Side for sale at a staggering $114 million, and a couple of months later he lowered its price to just $98 million, before taking it off the market. Just take a look inside and tell us if you don’t think this property is worth the 1st spot on our list with the most incredible team owner homes.